St. Monica

Patience – Nineteenth Day of April


He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.


What is better than to be on the cross with Jesus Christ or to cling to the foot of the cross meditating on the sufferings of Our Saviour? To offer to God our infirmities in remembrance of Him Who suffered for us, and to conform ourselves to His will — this is an excellent manner of praying. — St. Francis of Sales.

When St. Vincent de Paul was very sick he practiced a most excellent method of prayer. It is as advantageous as it is easy, and procures much sweetness for those who love God. It consists in keeping one’s self in the presence of God without making any reflections, contenting one’s self with making frequent acts of resignation to the will of God, of confidence, love, and thanksgiving.


O my God, happy are they who suffer with patience and with love in union with Jesus Christ suffering, and are disposed to suffer still more and to die. Grant that I may suffer in this manner.